Chief Janice George

Profession Field: Chief/Cultural Leader

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Chief George was named on the Presidents Honour List, and graduated with Honours from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM. Studied 3 D Art, Museum Studies and studied and graduated, Textile Arts, Capilano University.

Co-Curator and Co-Designer of the Squamish and Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Whistler BC

Dreamcatcher Award, 2010 for outstanding contribution to her community in the area of Arts and Culture, a National Award. Since the age of 18, her formal and informal job has been to interview, record, and learn from the Squamish Nation Elders, her most honoured teachings.

The Salish Wool Weaving tradition has been reclaimed in a major way. For the last 13 years we have been teaching all the way to top of Salish speaking territory. It is a responsibility, and I am passionate about reclaiming this art.
We learned to weave from Susan Pavel and Subiyay-t Bruce Miller of Skokomish, and many spiritual, cultural, and scholarly mentors. We include these technical, spiritual, and generational teachings.
We have integrated the cultural teachings from our Late Grandmother Kwitelut-t Lena Jacobs who was directly connected to pre contact times. In my weaving life, a few of my mentors have left this earth, their breathe is carried on in the teachings I pass on. I feel and see pride and healing when we weave, and when we wear our beloved weavings. We are taught spiritual protection is part of what we are wearing and feel the love that is put in each hand movement it takes to make a robe.
We have taught hundreds of people so far and our students have taken on the responsibility, together we have taught over 2400 people. In this short time of my weaving life a few mentors have left this earth, their breathe is carried on in the teachings I pass on. I am so grateful to be a part of this exciting time in the history and healing of Salish People. It is such an honour.

Chen kwenmantumi (We are grateful)

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